New and more powerful cleaning products are becoming more and more common in the workplace – but how do the chemicals they contain affect people’s health and safety?
That is a question that a new UNISON health and safety survey sets out to answer after the union became aware of several incidents. Workers have developed breathing problems and even been overcome by fumes in some cases.
Although the use, and potential misuse, of more powerful cleaning products might be sparked by increasing awareness of so-called superbugs such as c difficile and MRSA, the problem is not confined to the health sector.
That is why UNISON is asking cleaners – and others who regularly do cleaning work – to take part in the survey, wherever they work.